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Citizens of Heaven

Post at Desiring God today about home and heaven and citizenship: Citizens of Heaven.


Is this home?

I spent a lot of my early years in Africa trying to create a home for my family. When packing, I agonized over how much of America to stuff into Ziplock baggies. I packed shoes in five sizes for the kids to grow into and rolled packets of taco seasoning inside the toes to save space. I thought about holidays and recipes and music and toys and books.

But then we left. Evacuated in 30 minutes with one suitcase and a backpack. Three months and two countries later, we tried to establish a home again. Now we are ending a year in the States while my husband pursued a doctorate degree and where we tried, again, to establish a home —a home we will leave in two months.

Home keeps slipping through my fingers.

And then I realized something. I’m not home yet. My kids aren’t home yet.

This home I live in, no matter on which side of the ocean, no matter on which continent, is not my kingdom or my refuge. It is a house, a building. Even more, it is the very space in which to teach my children that we are not home yet.

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Or is this home?



  1. Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms February 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Wonderful piece. I feel more centered for my day. Priorities have a tendency to shift when I refocus my eyes on the cross. Thank you. Ellen

    • Rachel Pieh Jones February 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      Lovely, you’re welcome and thank you too!

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